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The Haifa Tourism Development Association, 84 Ben-Gurion Blvd. (tel. 04/853-5606), offers a free 2 1/2-hour guided walking tour of Central Carmel (atop the mountain) at 10am every Saturday. The meeting point, marked by a sign, is on Panorama Road (Yefe Nof) at the intersection with Shar Ha-Levanon, right behind the Gan Ha-Em Carmelit station (it's also behind the Nof Hotel, which faces Ha-Nassi Blvd.). To reach the meeting point, take bus no. 23 from Ha-Nevi'im Street, or bus no. 21 from Herzl Street, both in Hadar; they run on Saturday (note that the Carmelit does not). Modest dress is required. The Haifa Tourism Development Association also offers maps for a variety of self-guided tours throughout the city. For nature hike routes and walks through the vast, wild Park Ha-Carmel, contact the Haifa Hiking Club (tel. 04/838-4867) or the Carmel Field School (tel. 04/866-4159).

The following companies offer all sorts of tour plans of the Haifa region: Egged Tours, 4 Nordau St. (tel. 04/862-3131), and Mitzpa Tours, 1 Nordau St. (tel. 04/867-4341).

The Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), 18 Hillel St. (tel. 04/866-4135; fax 04/866-5825), offers excellent urban and nature-trail tours of the Carmel mountains.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.